It’s been eight years since Christian Bale donned the Batsuit in The Dark Knight Rises, and it looks like the Oscar winner is ready to get back into the superhero game. But this time, he’s switching sides; crossing over from the DC Universe to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Collider reports that Bale is in talks to join the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder, the sequel to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The film will also star Chris Hemsworth in the title role (of course), Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman returning to the franchise as Jane Foster, whom Marvel head Kevin Feige has confirmed will wield Mjolnir in the upcoming film.
It’s not clear at this point what role Bale would take on, but a glance at the fairly full roster of good guys suggests that he’d be a villain, a natural choice for the guy who played the evilest supervillain of them all, Dick Cheney.
As you might have expected, online speculation about which role Bale might play in the film is running rampant. Popular choices from the crowd seem to be Beta Ray Bill, a horse-faced alien who wielded Mjolnir long ago; Dario Agger, a businessman-slash-minotaur with echoes of Bale’s iconic turn as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho; and Cul, Thor’s uncle and the God of Fear.
Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release on November 5, 2021.